|Countdown -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The population of the world continues to grow, but can the earth sustain it? On this program, Alan Weisman discussed sustainable population growth.
Keywords: science; population growth; groks
|Paneled Mind -- Groks Science Show 2013-12-04 - Groks Science SHow|
Dr. Dwayne Godwin contributes regularly to Scientific American in the form of neuroscience comics. With co-author Jorge Cham, Dr. Godwin makes complex issues in neuroscience accessible to a broad audience. Today we'll discuss his creative process and goals for the series. A great way to learn about the brain!
Keywords: Dwayne Godwin; Jorge Cham; neuroscience; comics; outreach
|Disovering Bird Species -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-20 - Tom Stewart|
In this episode, Ben Winger, PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago, discusses his research on how new species of birds evolve and his work in the Peruvian cloud forests.
Keywords: Groks; Science; Bird; Evolution; Science; Evolution; Birds
|Space Robots -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-06 - Joanna Rowell|
Over the past 40 years, we’ve learned a great deal about the surface of Mars, the moons of Saturn, and the origins of our universe. On today’s show, Chris Impey, an astronomer from the University of Arizona and coauthor of Dreams of Other Worlds, joins us to discuss how unmanned space exploration has shaped our understanding of distant worlds.
Keywords: space; robots; groks; science; astronomy; NASA; Chris Impey; Holly Henry; Voyager; Mars; Hubble
|Lactoferrin and Applescript -- Groks Science Show 2005-01-19 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Milk does a body good, in more ways than one. On this program, we discussed the benefits of lactoferrin with Dr. Itsumori Harada. In addition, Adam Goldstein discussed the secrets of Applescript.
|Stem Cell Research in Scotland -- Groks Science Show 2005-06-29 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Stem cell research is an international endeavor, and one country leading the way is Scotland. On this program, Dr. Ken Snowden discussed Scotland's biotechnology innovations.
|Science and Spirituality -- Groks Science Show 2006-11-08 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Biological research often encounters vocal opposition from both sides of the political spectrum. On this program, Prof. Lee Silver discussed the clash of science and spirituality in biological research.
Keywords: science; spirituality
|Wildlife Conservation -- Groks Science Show 2006-03-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Preserving wildlife populations that are displaced or actively diminished by human activity remains essential for maintaining biodiversity. Nowhere is this more evident than in Africa, where many wildlife species are being driven to extinction by human activity. On this program, Paul Raffaele discussed wildlife preservation in Africa.
Keywords: science; conservation; wildlife
|Philosophical Ethics -- Groks Science Show 2006-08-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Ethics is a sometimes nebulous concept in the world of business, where it is often shunned at the expense of the bottom line. On this program, Prof. Tom Morris discussed the philosophy of ethics.
Keywords: science; ethics; pilosophy
|Incentive Economics -- Groks Science Show 2007-12-26 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Economics is often viewed as the dismal science, but everyday decisions are often guided or aided by economic considerations. On this program, Prof. Tyler Cowen discussed incentive economics.
Keywords: science; economics
|Obsessive Genius -- Groks Science Show 2005-08-17 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
What does it take to be genius? Barbara Goldsmith joins us to explore the world of Marie Curie in her book Obsessive Genius.
|Body Rhythms -- Groks Science Show 2008-04-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The human body is regulated by multiple physiological processes that cycle throughout the day. On this program, Jennifer Ackerman discussed the science of body rhythms.
Keywords: science; physiology
|Plate Tectonics -- Groks Science Show 2004-11-10 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The theory of plate tectonics describes many geological phenomenon. However, to accurately predict the interactions at plate boundaries which could result in earthquakes requires a more refined model, which was discussed on this program with Prof. Jean-Phillipe Avouac from Caltech.
|Space Age History -- Groks Science Show 2007-06-20 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, human space endeavors have rapidly evolved. On this program, Dr. Martin Collins discussed the history of the space age.
Keywords: science; space; history
|Pet Cloning -- Groks Science Show 2011-02-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Our pets provide years of enjoyment. So much so, that the possibility of preserving their existence indefinitely is a tantalizing prospect. On this program, John Woestendiek discussed the science and practice of cloning pets.
Keywords: science; cloning; dogs; cats; genetics; groks
|Ten Planets -- Groks Science Show 2006-08-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The recent debate over what defines a planet has been partially motivated by the discovery of a candidate tenth planet. On this program, Dr. Ken Croswell explained the rationale behind the ten planets.
Keywords: science; astronomy; tenth planet
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|Comet Dust -- Groks Science Show 2007-01-24 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Billions and billions of years ago, stars in the universe created elements that scattered throughout the galaxies. Until recently, these dust particles from the early universe were frozen in comets. On this program, Dr. Andrew Westphal discussed the StarDust project, the challenges in collecting comet dust and the surprising discoveries made from these samples.
Keywords: science; astronomy; universe; stardust; comets
|Richter Scale -- Groks Science Show 2007-06-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The Richter Scale is well known to anyone who has experienced an earthquake. But, many are unaware of the man who invented the scale. On this program, Dr. Susan Hough discussed the life and science of Dr. Charles Richter.
Keywords: science; Richter; earthquakes; biography
|Energy Switch -- Groks Science Show 2006-11-01 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
While the United States has lagged in deploying renewable energy into its economy, others have pursued a more aggressive policy of lowering greenhouse gas emissions. On this program, Craig Morris discussed Germany's move toward solar and wind power.
Keywords: science; renewable energy; solar; wind; Germany
|Long Emergency -- Groks Science Show 2006-10-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Oil dependence has ramifications beyond those of transportation. A shortage in its supply can affect many areas, including agriculture, business, and urban design. On this program, James Howard Kunstler will discuss this long emergency.
Keywords: science; peak oil; long emergency
|Reading Brain -- Groks Science Show 2008-01-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Written language has evolved as a unique human trait for communicating ideas. But, how have human brains evolved to read and write? On this program, Prof. Maryanne Wolf discussed the evolution and development of the reading brain.
Keywords: science; reading; neuroscience
|Permaculture -- Groks Science Show 2005-09-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Nature has evolved without a electrical power grid, but can humans learn to live without one as well? Todd Jersey, architect and designer, joins us to talk about permaculture.
|Nitric Oxide -- Groks Science Show 2005-03-30 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
While nitric oxide may be infamously known for mediating erections, its role in the health of the heart has not been widely publicized. On this show, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Louis Ignarro, discussed these effects of nitric oxide.
|Einstein and Theology -- Groks Science Show 2005-12-21 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Besides his physical theories, Einstein is also well known for his considered pacificism. With the world year of physics drawing to a close, we explored Einstein and his theology with our guest John Brinster.
Keywords: Science; physics; Einstein; theology; pacificism
|Rubik Cube -- Groks Science Show 2007-05-09 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Mathematical puzzles usually are not associated with entertainment. However, the Rubik Cube continues to amaze, confound, and entertain. On this program, Tyson Mao discussed solving the Rubik Cube.
Keywords: science; rubik cube
|Nobel Prizes 2006 -- Groks Science Show 2006-10-04 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
What better way is there to celebrate the Big Bang than with a Nobel Prize. On this week's program, Prof. Alex Filipenko commented on the 2006 prize in physics. Prof. Caroline Kane also joined us to discuss this year's chemistry prize. Finally, Nobel Laureate Prof. Peter Doherty talked about what it takes to get one.
Keywords: science; Nobel prize; chemistry; physics
|Nobel Prizes 2005 -- Groks Science Show 2005-10-05 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The Nobel Prizes 2005. Professor Barney Grubbs discussed his father winning the Chemistry Prize. Professor Yuen-Ron Shen discussed the Physics Prize. And, Mary Miller joined us to to talk about the Nobel Prize Exhibit on display at the Exploratorium.
|Why Birds Sing -- Groks Science Show 2005-05-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Why do birds sing? The scientific exploration of bird song has uncovered many underlying biological mechanisms, and the aesthetic beauty of their music continues to fascinate scientists and musicians alike. On this program, Prof. David Rothenberg discussed why birds sing.
|Pet Behavior -- Groks Science Show 2007-04-18 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Pets often perplex their human companions with their behavior. On this program, Dr. Marty Becker discussed the intricacies of pet behavior.
Keywords: science; pets; animal; behavior
|Stress on Campus -- Groks Science Show 2004-11-17 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Campus life is full of stress, which is a normal part of academic life. Coping with these challenges can often lead to depression. On this program, we explored dealing with depression on campus.
|Craigslist and Global Warming -- Groks Science Show 2006-07-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The internet has become a venue where one can obtain just about anything. On this program, Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, discussed the internet marketplace. In addition, Prof. Margaret Torn from Lawrence Berkeley Labs discussed new models of global warming.
Keywords: science; internet; craigslist; global warming; permafrost
|Politics of Global Warming -- Groks Science Show 2005-02-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Global warming is a scientific issue that is particularly sensitive to the political climate. On this program, Prof. Patrick J. Michaels from the University of Virginia discussed the politics of global warming.
|Surgical Faux Pas -- Groks Science Show 2007-08-15 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Surgical procedures, while often necessary for curing ailments, can sometimes be over-prescribed by clinicians. On this program, Peter Moore, editor at Men's Health, discussed unnecessary surgeries.
Keywords: science; surgery
|SARS -- Groks Science Show 2006-05-03 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
SARS may have faded from our memory, but many key lessons can be learned from the outbreak of 2003. Karl Taro Greenfeld joined us on this program to talk about his firsthand experiences in China reporting this epidemic.
Keywords: science; SARS; epidemiology; Chinese censorship
|Experimental Particle Physics -- Groks Science Show 2005-05-11 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Fundamental particle physics is replete with novel theories that are merely academic until experimentally verified by high energy particle colliders. On this program, Prof. Michael Peskin from the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center discussed these experimental techniques.
|Global Health Care -- Groks Science Show 2006-10-11 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Global health care disparaties are all to evident, made even more stark by the remarkable advances in medical science. But, what can be done to resolve these global health care inequities? On this program, Dr. Edward O'Neill, Jr. discussed health care solutions.
Keywords: science; health care
|Molecular Dynamics -- Groks Science Show 2006-01-18 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Which Nobel Laureate is also a voice on The Simpsons? The answer is our guest Dudley Herschbach, who joined us to talk about molecular dynamics and voting systems.
Keywords: science; chemistry
|Belief Biology -- Groks Science Show 2006-12-20 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The origin of our belief systems may have strong biological underpinnings. On this program, Prof. Andrew Newberg discussed the biology of our beliefs.
Keywords: science; belief; biology
|Celiac Disease -- Groks Science Show 2006-04-26 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Celiac disease is a disorder caused by the inability to tolerate gluten. The effects of the disease are wide ranging, resulting from the inability to absorb certain nutrients. On this program, Rory Jones discussed this hidden epidemic.
Keywords: science; celiac; gluten
|Longevity Habits -- Groks Science Show 2006-11-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The prevalent image of old age is one of infirmity, but studies of centenarians demonstrate that a vibrant lifestyle is possible. On this program, Dr. Maoshing Ni discussed everyday habits for ensuring a long and healthy life.
Keywords: science; longevity
|Brain plasticity – Groks Science Show 2013-10-16|
Our prior belief of the brain as a static and unchanging organ is being replaced by a new understanding of the versatility of the brain throughout life. Brain plasticity, which involves changes occurring in our brain that allow us to learn and function in response to new experiences, happens not only early in life but also in adulthood, as well as in response to traumatic brain injury. Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus of neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco, joins...
Keywords: Groks; Groks science show; Brain plasticity; Michael Merzenich; Cognition
|Relaxation through Neurogenesis -- Groks Science Show 2013-10-02|
Anxiety disorders are a part of life for millions, possibly billions, of people around the world. Sadly, that's nothing new, but there has been a revolution in our understanding of these disorders. Dr. Mazen Kheirbek joins us to talk about anxiety disorders, adult neurogenesis, and the hippocampus.
Keywords: Groks; neurogenesis; adult neurogenesis; Kheirbek; Columbia; Hen; Rene Hen; anxiety; PTSD; OCD; post traumatic stress disorder; dentate gyrus; hippocampus; neurogenesis; adult neurogenesis; Kheirbek; Columbia; Hen; Rene Hen; anxiety; PTSD; OCD; post traumatic stress disorder; dentate gyrus; hippocampus
|Everything Pill -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The range of mental conditions is part of daily life, but at what point do downturns become pathological? On this program, Dr. Steven Walker discussed weighing therapy and pharmaceutical treatments for mental conditions.
Keywords: science; psychology; groks
|The Science of Mind -- Groks Science Show 2012-03-21 - Dr. Charles Lee, Forrest Gulden, Joanna Rowell|
We all know a lot about psychology, but it turns out that what we know is mostly wrong. Dr. John Cacioppo joins us this week to discuss how to teach difficult psychological concepts in an engaging way to first year psychology students.
Keywords: groks; science; psychology; cacioppo
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|Sport Science -- Groks Science Show 2008-06-18 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
While sports may thrill fans and spectators, professional athletes continue to make use of the latest developments in science and technology to improve their performance. On this program, Davin Coburn discussed the science of sports.
Keywords: sports; science
|Genetic Toxicology -- Groks Science Show 2008-07-09 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Toxicology tests have typically relied on outmoded and non-specific measures. On this program, Dr. Bruce Gillis discussed advances in genetic toxicology. In addition, Prof. Jerry Crabtree discussed transgenic technology.
Keywords: science; genetics
|Deep Blue -- Groks Science Show 2002-12-18 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Deep Blue is the legendary computer that defeated World Chess Champion, Gary Kasparov. However, this victory was not without controversy. In this show, the lead developer of Deep Blue discussed the science and politics of building a super chess computer.
|Alarms and Excursions -- Groks Science Show 2002-11-20 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Has technology improved our lives or just made it more complicated? That is the question posed in the new play, Alarms and Excursion. This episode featured the director discussing this play.
|Nuclear Renewables -- Groks Science Show 2008-05-07 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The current peak oil crisis has intensified the search for renewable energy sources. One possible option is nuclear power. On this program, William Sweet discussed kicking the carbon habit.
Keywords: science; renewable energy; nuclear power
|Scientific Faith -- Groks Science Show 2007-10-31 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Science relies on empirical evidence to support its central theories and tenets, while religious belief relies on the faith of the believer. Can these two separate worldviews be reconciled? On this program, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute discussed science and religious faith.
Keywords: science; religion; faith